Sporadic clashes in city, life disrupted

SRINAGAR: A spontaneous shutdown amidst clashes continued for the second straight day in various parts of the city against killing of Gowhar Nazir by government forces on Saturday, leaving 8 persons injured.

According reports, groups of youth in several parts of old city, including Nowhatta, Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Gojwara and Kawdara this morning took to streets and enforced shutdown against the killing. They raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on police and paramilitary forces.

Eyewitnesses said the troops responded by firing teargas and pepper gas to disperse the youth but the demonstrators continued to pelt stones. The clashes continued intermittently throughout the day leaving 4 persons injured.

The clashes and shutdown also continued in HMT, Zainakote, Narbal, Shalteng and adjoining areas against the killing. The protesters in these areas blocked roads and pelted stones on forces heavily. 

Among the injured include an elderly woman identified as Shahmali of Narbal. Due to clashes, the traffic movement on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway remained affected.

Meanwhile, businesses in other parts of the Valley resumed after three days of shutdown, clashes, restrictions and protests. All the shops and other commercial establishments reopened. The traffic was also plying normally. 

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